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  • April 10- Family Dollar Stores Inc, seeking to reverse declining sales and profit, said on Thursday it is slashing prices to win shoppers, cutting jobs, and shutting hundreds of stores. Family Dollar Chief Executive Howard Levine, on a call with investors, pointed to "a more financially constrained consumer," echoing recent comments from rivals.

  • Costco Wholesale Corp on Thursday said U.S. sales at stores open at least a year rose 3 percent, while L Brands Inc reported a better-than-expected 2 percent rise, lifted by gains at its Victoria's Secret lingerie chain.

  • U.S. retailers say business picked up later in February Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp on Thursday said U.S. sales at stores open at least a year rose 3 percent, while L Brands Inc reported a better-than-expected 2 percent rise, lifted by gains at its Victoria's Secret lingerie chain.

  • "Consumers are being hit by a perfect storm of events," said Craig Johnson, president of advisory firm Customer Growth Partners. Kohl's Corp on Thursday said sales in January were "significantly" lower than expected as shoppers stayed away, and the department store chain lowered its profit forecast.

  • "Consumers are being hit by a perfect storm of events," said Craig Johnson, president of advisory firm Customer Growth Partners. Kohl's Corp on Thursday said sales in January were "significantly" lower than expected as shoppers stayed away.

  • Fewer store visits and aggressive pricing at the start of the season by big retailers like Amazon.com Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc left many chains with little choice but to offer sweeter deals this holiday season. Those bargains led many chains, including L Brands, Family Dollar Stores Inc and teen retailer Zumiez Inc, to slash their profit forecasts.

  • What, 50% off wasn't enough? Retail a big letdown Thursday, 9 Jan 2014 | 10:05 AM ET

    Macy's is becoming an innovator, but don't expect that to carry through to other retailers.

  • L Brands cut its earnings forecast for the holiday quarter on Thursday after reporting disappointing December sales at its Victoria Secret and La Senza chains. Family Dollar Stores Inc and teen retailer Zumiez Inc, which both reported sales declines for December, also slashed their profit forecasts.

  • Costco Wholesale Corp said sales at stores open at least a year rose 2 percent, below the 3.3 percent increase analysts were looking for, according to Thomson Reuters. Costco shares were down 1.9 percent in morning trading.

  • Bargain-hunting dents U.S. retailers' November sales Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 8:50 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 5- Several major U.S. retailers posted disappointing sales for November after cautious shoppers pinched their pennies at the start of a shorter holiday season. Costco Wholesale Corp on Thursday said sales at stores open at least a year rose 2 percent, below the 3.3 percent increase analysts were looking for, according to Thomson Reuters.

  • Nov 7- Costco Wholesale Corp and Victoria's Secret parent L Brands Inc were among the major U.S. retailers to report same-store sales gains for October, but many chains expressed caution heading into the holiday season.

  • Nov 7- Costco Wholesale Corp and Victoria's Secret parent L Brands Inc were among the major U.S. retailers to report same-store sales gains for October, but the outlook remained downbeat heading into the holiday season. Costco on Thursday reported a slightly bigger-than-expected 3 percent gain in sales at stores open at least a year.

  • It gets worse: Retail discounts go even deeper Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | 10:20 AM ET

    Many U.S. retailers reported stronger-than-expected August sales on Thursday, but they had to use steep discounts to woo back-to-school shoppers.

  • With US help, Europe and China show green shoots Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 10:28 AM ET
    View from Dollar Mountain in Sun Valley, Idaho.

    Data from Europe and China are looking up. These figures support the thesis that the U.S. recovery is a help to China, and is even trickling down to Europe.

  • Retailers forced to discount to lure shoppers Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 9:45 AM ET

    A group of large US retailers reported higher sales for July, but had to resort to bargains to lure shoppers who are still careful in their spending while the job market recovers.

  • Gas Prices Help Costco Top Estimates, L Brands Misses Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 | 10:55 AM ET
    Customers shop at a Costco store.

    Costco Wholesale reported June same-store sales that beat analysts' estimates, while L Brands sales came in lower than expected.

  • Consumers Keep Retailers Humming as Sales Rise Thursday, 6 Jun 2013 | 11:42 AM ET

    Major retail chains reported sales increases for May that were generally in line with Wall Street's expectations, suggesting consumer spending continues to improve moderately.

  • Frugality Drags Retail Sales, Boosts Discounters Thursday, 9 May 2013 | 9:07 AM ET

    A number of top U.S. retailers reported disappointing April sales as consumers gravitated toward discount chains and bad weather delayed spring shopping in much of the country.

  • Unusually Cold March Puts a Chill in Retail Sales Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 | 8:37 AM ET

    Retailers broadly missed analysts' estimates for same-store sales in March, a month that typically sees cold weather and slow hiring in the early weeks.

  • Confidence Back? Several Retailers Top Sales Forecasts Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | 8:39 AM ET

    After a difficult January, when shoppers first felt the effect of a payroll tax hike that lowered take-home pay by 2 percent, some retailers got a little relief in February from growing employment and a rising stock market.

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